The YouthWorks 2013 Databook provides an overview of our summer jobs program that helps provide low-income and at-risk youth from around the Commonwealth with work experience, valuable career skills, and a chance to give back to their communities.
YouthWorks Provides More Than Just a Job
Last summer, YouthWorks provided work experience to 5,175 young people in 31 cities. In addition to working 25 hours per week, participants took part in job-readiness workshops to help them acclimate to their job and learn essential skills like resume writing, filling out online applications, and interviewing.
Supporting the Healthcare Workforce
The Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund supports education, training, and employment programs to address healthcare workforce needs. Commonwealth Corporation recently awarded Planning Grants to 51 organizations across the state and released a Request for Proposals for Implementation Grants.
Increased Incentives for Companies Hiring Veterans & Long-Term Unemployed
Business can now receive $5,000 for each new employee who has been unemployed for six months or longer or who are military veterans. Businesses can receive up to $75,000 each calendar year. The Hiring Incentive Training Grant program is part of the Workforce Training Fund, a business-financed initiative that provides resources to businesses to increase the skills of their workers.
Save the Date! Share Your Art - Share Your Voice Showcase
Mark your calendars! The second annual Share Your Art - Share Your Voice youth showcase will be held on June 17, 2014 at UMass Boston. Last year's showcase featured more than 200 pieces of art/performance from more than 85 young people.
Clean Energy Grant Exceeds Initial Goals
We've recently wrapped up a $5.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that supported employment and training programs to prepare Massachusetts residents for jobs in the Commonwealth's clean energy sector. The grant served 1,792 individuals; the original goal was to serve 1,379. Grantees placed 746 un/underemployed participants in jobs and 42 incumbent workers in new jobs for a total of 788 placements, exceeding the initial goal of 772 placements.
Governor Patrick Announces $8 Million for Summer Jobs
Governor Deval Patrick joined Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian, local elected officials, youth job advocates, and teens and young adults to announce $8 million for the YouthWorks Summer Jobs program. Prior to the announcement the Governor participated in a roundtable discussion where YouthWorks participants and employers spoke about how important it is for teens to have work opportunities.
The focus of the Bridging the Opportunity Gap Initiative (BOG) RFP is the design and delivery of programs that support high-quality career readiness, vocational training, employment-related training and workplace learning, GED and tutoring services, arts and cultural activities, and mentoring services for youth committed to the Department of Youth Services.
The Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund will support training that will help healthcare employers address workforce challenges directly attributed to operational changes needed to ensure alignment with or to implement Massachusetts' healthcare cost containment legislation. The recently recorded Bidders' Webinar is now available to download - see the Request for Proposals webpage.
Just Released: Workforce Quarterly Spring Edition
Stay up-to-date with news, events, program/grant information, and new publications - download the Spring 2014 edition of Commonwealth Coporation's newsletter: Workforce Quarterly.
In this edition we feature success stories from our Workforce Training Fund Program and the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative.
Expanding Access to the Arts for Youth
Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation allowed us to expand art programming for young people in Department of Youth Services’ (DYS) treatment programs.
More than 15 artists-in-residence will work with DYS youth during school year 2013-2014 as a part of the in-depth arts programming including improvisation, fabric arts, theater, hip-hop dance, poetry, Afro-Caribbean drumming, and self-portraiture. Each residency culminates with a final performance or celebration.
Save the date for this year's annual Share Your Art - Share Your Voice youth showcase on June 17, 2014.
Learn more about our partnership with DYS.